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I’m focused on teaching people entrepreneurship. I want to encourage people to pursue their own path, do their own thing, and build their own business. For this reason, I get a lot of people asking me, “Sean, if you’re so big on entrepreneurship, why do you have employees?”
I tell them: if you enjoy what you do, don’t start a business.
When you start a business, 80% of your time is going to be spent working on the business not in the business. If you start a business, you’ll spent the vast amount of your time working on the business and not the thing that got you into the game. I had no idea. I was naive. I didn’t know any of this.
Fortunately, I fell in love with business. I feel in love with the act of growing the business.
Entrepreneurship Isn’t for Everyone
Not everyone wants to be the #1 guy and that’s understandable. Being the #1 guy requires working 18 hour days for 5 years and investing $300,000 of your own money into building the infrastructure before you even get to do the work. Not everyone wants to do that.
Some people are a really good #2 or #3 guy. That’s valuable. Not everyone has the time, the desire, or the money to build the infrastructure in the first place for them to invest that time and all that effort into building the platform before they even get to do the work that they enjoy.
Being the #1 guy can look glamorous from the outside, but really it’s spending 80% of your time working on the business and not in the business.
If you like what you do, try being a #2 guy or #3 guy. That is still a valuable position. Those of you who think you have what it takes to be that #1 guy, you’re up for the challenge. You know that it’s going to be a lot of work. You know this is going to be your life. You know that it’s about working on your business, it’s about a love for business, and a love for growing your business.
What I Offer At seanwes
I recognize that it’s not for everyone. I want to build a company that’s unlike any other. At seanwes, what I offer to people is the ability to do work that fulfills them for an organization that’s making a difference.
At seanwes, we have paid sabbaticals, so every seventh week the whole team takes off that week and they get paid to do that. They can do whatever they want. They can travel, they can learn, they can further their education, they can rest, they pursue secondary passions, and work on projects. It’s an investment in people so that they can feel fulfilled and recharged in every way.
Also, since I’ve build the platform already, I make it available to my employees as well. seanwes is a closed platform, meaning that not everyone can come along and teach their course here. However, I make it available to my employees and I help them produce their course material. This means I help them out with things like their outline, I’ll fly them out to produce videos, and market and launch their course.
This gives them a place to express their desire to teach and share their knowledge without spending the years up front on the infrastructure if that’s not something they want to do.
So to recap, I think entrepreneurship is great and I want to help entrepreneurs grow their business, but I also understand that it’s not for everybody. That’s why I want to create the most accommodating and empowering work place that I can.
Many of my employees consider themselves “unemployable” but they’ve made an exception because they say that there’s just something different about the way we operate here.